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just not the same
on 2 February 2008
If you actually like paying for what are little more than sound effects masquerading as tracks, then get this soundtrack. For example: Banister Fight - RZA; Flip Sting; Sword Swings - Luis Bacalov;Axe Throws - Bernard Herrmann.
For those wanting to get a true Kill Bill soundtrack, with all the movie music included, you will be disappointed to hear that the following tracks are ABSENT from this soundtrack or are totally unrecogniseable from the movie version:
'Nobody But Me - The Human Beinz' - absent;
'Seven Notes In Black - Vince Tempera' (this is the music playing as Kiddo is about to slash Buck, but is heavily rapped over by RZA or whoever he is);
'Long Day Of Vengeance - Armando Travajoli' - absent;
'Death Rides A Horse - Ennio Morricone' - absent (this is the major "House of Blue Leaves" music as Kiddo and Oren come face to face for the first time - the music rising as Kiddo cuts off Sophie's arm. If you want to hear this piece, DO NOT buy this soundtrack;
Urami-Bushi - (Meiko Kaji) - absent
Maybe it's just me, but I thought "original" means what you hear on screen is what you get on this soundtrack. Of course not, silly me! While I absolutely adore Kill Bill and its soundtrack I'm so annoyed they use the "original soundtrack" label on this when clearly so many memorable tunes are absent, making way instead for what looks like nothing more than a promotion for a stupid rapper who doesn't even appear once in the damn movie! The words "rip" and "off" spring to mind. Not only that, but this is the second "original" Kill Bill Vol 1 soundtrack on Amazon which, err, surely calls into question its originality.
Take my advice: do some research; find out EXACTLY what songs are used in the movie, including looking in the actual movie credits themselves; then use either iTunes or Napster to search for them. Then assemble your OWN soundtrack, ignoring the tracks you don't like! It will be cheaper and you'll get EXACTLY what you want. If, like me, you want a soundtrack to invoke and reflect the actual movie, you will be disappointed. This original soundtrack does not do it justice one iota.